Newcomb Scholars Program Requirements
First-year women who are full-time students in Newcomb-Tulane Undergraduate College are eligible to apply to the Newcomb Scholars program during their first fall semester at Tulane University.
Grade Point Average
Newcomb Scholars are expected to earn a 3.25 cumulative grade point average by the end of their first year at Tulane and to maintain a 3.4 for each semester thereafter.
All Newcomb Scholars are required to enroll in the four Newcomb Scholars seminars and earn at least a B in each one. Each seminar is designed to provide Scholars with information and experience to prepare them for the independent research project. The seminars are also meant to create a strong community of interdisciplinary women leaders who learn from one another, support one another, and build confidence in the academic setting. All seminars meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9:15 am.
Seminar 1: History and Philosophy of Higher Education: The Role of College Women (spring, with a service learning option)
This course examines the social and political history of higher education with special emphasis on the transformation of women and the college landscape from the early 20th century to present day. Using historical and literary frameworks to generate, address, and answer questions about college women today, this course will provide Newcomb Scholars with an opportunity to examine the social and political culture of various decades and its influence on college culture, women's colleges and women in college, and narratives about college life. This course includes a public service option of working with high school students interested in attending college.
Seminar 2: Seeking Knowledge: How Various Disciplines Recognize Truth (fall)
This course will examine knowledge production through a critical exploration of the research process. It will also ask how gender intersects with the processes of knowledge production and becoming a scholar. Readings, class discussions, assignments, and guest lecturers will provide Scholars with the opportunity to engage with interdisciplinary perspectives, connect with Tulane faculty, and begin to develop their own identities as Scholars.
Seminar 3: Women Leading Change: Case Studies on Women in Organizations (fall, with a service learning option)
This course engages students in considering the real-world dilemmas of women working in organizations to bring about social change. The course will also teach how to write and evaluate the usefulness of cases; each student will write a case linked to their field of study. The service-learning option will enable Newcomb Scholars to obtain practical experience and provide service to the community, and fulfill the second tier public service graduation requirement.
Seminar 4: Research Seminar (fall)
This course functions as a writing workshop for the two-semester independent research project and provides Scholars with support from the professors and from one another to complete their independent research projects and be prepared to present it at a campus conference in the spring semester.
Two-Semester Independent Research Project
As part of the program, each Newcomb Scholar is expected to successfully complete a two-semester independent research project. Scholars may complete this project as an Honors thesis or as an independent study. Though each path has different requirements, all Scholars will participate in the fourth year seminar in addition to the required thesis or independent study course. The seminars help prepare Scholars for the independent research project, but each Scholar is responsible for developing and driving her own research agenda.
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